Training Requires Action

I just completed three days of training pastors and church planters with Ken Priddy in Charlotte, NC through The Multiplication Workshop. The training was built around The Multiplication Cycle™and emphasized the importance of starting churches by making disciples.

At the end of each day of training, I gave the participants time to reflect on two questions:
1. What useful insights or learning did you have today?
2. How will you implement your learning in your ministry context?

Training must lead to action. That’s the measure of training effectiveness.

Over the past decades I have attended many training workshops and conferences. Unfortunately, many of these events had absolutely no impact on my life or ministry because I failed to put the training into action.

Training Requires Action
The purpose of training is to equip for action. If I train leaders who never implement anything following the training, have I really trained anyone?

It’s easy to assume that someone is trained because they attended a training. However, only those who act on the training can there be evidence of what training they received.

At the end of the workshop, I asked this question:
How will you implement your learning in your ministry context?
Here are some of the responses I received:
“I will increase my personal efforts in disciplemaking.”

“Pray…pray…pray…for Persons of Peace.”

“By beginning to train others immediately.”

“Train leaders to exegete the culture.”

“Find a coach.”

Training requires action. My hope is that they follow through on these action steps. (And of course, coaching helps.)

Today’s Missional Challenge

Always emphasize on action steps following training activities.


Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer and strategist – and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. His training skills have been used to mobilize church planters, pastors and ministry leaders across the country and around the world. Missional Challenge partners together with churches, networks and denominations to advance disciplemaking movements globally.With 25+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches. He created The Multiplication Cycle™ to assist church planters to start churches by making disciples. He has trained and coached hundreds of coaches and church planters across the United States and internationally.Dave has been coaching pastors and church planters for more than ten years. His experience in church multiplication led to his doctorate in transformational leadership at Bakke Graduate University. He also received a Master of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary and graduated from Biola University with a B.S. in Business Administration.
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